Make this Common Mistake While Sleeping and Risk Gaining Weight

Keeping a light on at night could change your eating schedule, and the result could be extra pounds. Mice exposed to a dim light at night gained 50 percent more weight over an eight-week period than mice which slept in total darkness.

The findings held up even when the amount of food and the physical activity of the mice were held constant, and the results could apply to people who eat meals late at night. The researchers suggested that modern society’s 24-hour-a-day schedule may be having an impact metabolic function and weight gain.

Live Science reports:

“... [P]revious work has shown hormones that aid in metabolism are affected in humans exposed to light at night ... Night light could have reduced those hormones in mice, and coupled with a disruption in the mice's internal clocks, could have been responsible for their weight gain.”

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